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Debate with Headington

Debate with Headington

Debate and Supper with Headington School

On Friday the 4th March, four Radleians and two girls from Headington School in Oxford took part in a debate with the motion of ‘This House does not believe in Children’s literature’, in front of an audience of just over twenty Radleians and girls from Headington in the SLT (Science Lecture Theatre). It was a hugely enjoyable evening, made possible through the organisation of Dr Rhodes.

Opposing the motion, with a seemingly straightforward argument to present, were Mr Makin, Miss Denham and Mr Gidopoulos. The majority of the floor, it is fair to assume, went into the debate with a firm opinion on which side of the debate they resided. Most would argue that there exists such a genre of literature as ‘children’s literature’. Take, for example, ‘The Jungle Book’. Admittedly adults or teenagers may occasionally pick it up and flick through it, but it is a book primarily aimed at children. The opposition also argued that despite the fact that some books are labelled as ‘children’s books’, even if a child was to pick up a book such as ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, it is unlikely that they would understand all of it, meaning that it would not be categorised as children’s literature, simply due to the fact that it is, on the whole, incomprehensible for children.

The proposition, comprised of Mr Gent, Miss Gent and Mr Rothbarth, realised that it was going to be a challenge to persuade over twenty people that they don't believe in children’s literature; however, with a sway of three votes from the consensus taken at the start, at the end of the debate, this hurdle was crossed, winning the proposition the debate. This was particularly impressive, considering the fact that Mr Rothbarth was given 25 minutes of warning that he was going to be giving the main speech in this debate.

Report by Alexander Milne, H Social 6.1 

 

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